Pear-ing Down Your Classroom

Sometimes you don’t have a lot to work with. Maybe you have no budget for nice furnishings or maybe your classroom is small with limited natural light. That’s OK. Start small. Focus on one or two of our tips and think about how a little change to the arrangement, or a little addition to the flow of your lesson, can help create a vibrant but comfortable learning space.

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Making Your Own Teaching Luck

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s a cute time to talk about luck and to let ourselves dream about pots of gold at the end of proverbial rainbows. But I’d rather start thinking about luck as something we make for ourselves. Not only will it change the way we approach our students every day and every year — no matter who’s on the roster — but it will also model a mindset for our students that will allow them to recognize the circumstances they can control.

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Celebrate National ‘Be Heard’ Day with Pear Deck

Could there be a day more relevant to the work we’re doing with Pear Deck? Yes, we use a lot of pedagogical words like “student engagement” and “formative assessment” when we talk about the tool that is Pear Deck, but the root of what we’re all about at Pear Deck is giving every student a voice and every teacher a means to hear and highlight those voices. So in celebration of National Be Heard Day, let’s consider how we can hear and honor our students’ unique voices with Pear Deck.

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